With a massive amount of money being invested in the development of new medications and the power pharmaceutical companies have, drugs are often released into our marketplace without being thoroughly and adequately tested, which can result in side effects that cause serious injury or possibly death. When a person is using pharmaceutical drugs and personal injury or death occurs as the result of the negligence of pharmaceutical companies you need an experienced defective drug attorney on your side. No matter if it is over-the-counter or a prescription, if you have been injured by a defective drug you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
A defective drug is defined as a prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes physical, psychological or emotional injury. This injury may be caused by a defect in the drug itself or mis-labeling or insufficient warnings.
We trust the medical professionals with our health and take drugs upon their recommendation. In order for drugs to be sold in the United States they must be approved by the FDA. Pharmaceutical companies often release drugs for public consumption without the FDA performing adequate testing to see what long-term side effects they can cause, leaving an opportunity for a personal injury to occur. Unfortunately, we see injury caused by a defective drug happen all too often. Instead of the quality of our lives being improved by these drugs, they cause either serious injury or in some cases wrongful death.
Today, 1 in every 2 consumers in the United States take a minimum
of one prescription drug per day. We believe that a pharmaceutical company’s inadequate testing of a drug they manufacture that results in injury or death, constitutes negligence on their part, for which they should be held accountable. Often times the pharmaceutical companies “fast track” or expedite the FDA approval process to hurry the drug to market before it has been adequately tested, which increases the risk of injuring or hurting people. This is often fueled by greed and bottom line profit margins, which is inexcusable, rather than for the purpose of meeting treatment needs for serious or life threatening medical conditions more quickly. Fast track programs have been widely criticized because many times it puts speed before safety.
Some of the serious injuries that can occur are:
However, prior to discontinuing any medication, you should always talk to your doctor about your concerns and any potential side effects. If you are experiencing symptoms of a serious adverse reaction, you should seek immediate medical attention, such as a hospital emergency room, where they may advise you to discontinue the medication, until it can be determined if the drug is the cause of your symptoms.
In a defective drug class action lawsuit, one of the below parties is held liable for being negligent for a consumer’s personal injuries:
Pharmaceutical Drug Manufacturer
If a drug was released into the market without adequate research or testing being completed, or if the pharmaceutical company fails or attempts to hide the drug’s dangerous side effects, they can be held accountable in a defective drug lawsuit.
If a consumer’s prescription was filled at a pharmacy with the wrong drug or the wrong dosage they could be found liable in a pharmacist malpractice lawsuit.
If a doctor prescribes a drug to a patient that their colleagues would not have, especially given a person’s medical history and risk factors, they can be held liable for a medical malpractice lawsuit due to their negligence.
The below defective drugs currently have multiple lawsuits pending or have been certified as a class action lawsuit. When serious injuries happen due to negligence, real experience matters.
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